Lucas Torres, Ph.D.
(414) 288-5439
lucas.torres@marquette.edu

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Dr. Torres research interests focus on issues of mental health disparities or the psychological difficulties experienced by members of underrepresented groups. This work has examined the role socio- and psychocultural factors have on adaptive functioning. Dr. Torres has investigated the influence of the cultural adaptation process as it relates to the experience of depression and other mental health outcomes among Latino populations. This has included determining the resources and risk factors that are likely to impact psychological well-being. Additionally, this line of research seeks to understand broader socioenvironmental factors, such as perceived discrimination and prejudice, as well as help-seeking behaviors and barriers to treatment utilization among ethnic minority groups.

Our research on mental health disparities is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). One ongoing research project is to examine Latino Intercultural Competence, or the group-specific skills needed for effective cultural adaptation, and its relation to psychological health. Another project has involved investigating the ways Latinos cope with different types of race-related stressors. This particular line of research has used a daily diary methodology which tracks individuals over a two-week period in terms of immediate stressors, matching coping skills, and mental health outcomes.

Education

Multicultural Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Multicultural Research Institute, University of Notre Dame

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University

Clinical Internship, Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, Boston University Medical Center


Research Interest

Dr. Torres research interests focus on issues of mental health disparities or the psychological difficulties experienced by members of underrepresented groups. This work has examined the role socio- and psychocultural factors have on adaptive functioning.  Dr. Torres has investigated the influence of the cultural adaptation process as it relates to the experience of depression and other mental health outcomes among Latino populations.  This has included determining the resources and risk factors that are likely to impact psychological well-being. Additionally, this line of research seeks to understand broader socioenvironmental factors, such as perceived discrimination and prejudice, as well as help-seeking behaviors and barriers to treatment utilization among ethnic minority groups. 

Our research on mental health disparities has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  One research project examined Latino Intercultural Competence, or the group-specific skills needed for effective cultural adaptation, and its relation to psychological health.  Another project has involved investigating the ways Latinos cope with different types of race-related or cultural stressors.  This particular line of research has used a daily diary methodology which tracks individuals over a two-week period in terms of immediate stressors, matching coping skills, and mental health outcomes. Currently, the mental health disparities lab is investigating the physiological and emotional processes that link cultural stressors, such as discrimination, with mental health outcomes.

Teaching Interests

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Torres teaches Abnormal Psychology. At the graduate level, he teaches Adult Psychopathology and Multicultural Psychology.

Selected Publications

Chavez-Korell, S., & Torres, L. (2014). Perceived stress and depressive symptoms among Latino adults: The moderating role of ethnic identity cluster patterns. Major Contribution in The Counseling Psychologist, 42, 230-254.

Driscoll, M., & Torres, L. (2013). Acculturative stress and Latino depression: The mediating role of behavioral and cognitive resources. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, 373-382.

Torres, L. (2013). Initial development and validation of the Mexican Intercultural Competence Scale. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 1, 171-181.

Torres, L.
, Miller, M., & Moore, K. M. (2013). Factorial Invariance of the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 (BSI-18) among Mexican American Adults. Psychological Assessment.

Torres, L., Driscoll, M., & ^Voell, M. (2012). Discrimination, Acculturation, Acculturative Stress, and Latino Psychological Distress: A Moderated-Mediational Model. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 17-25.

Torres, L., Yznaga, S., & Moore, K. M. (2011). Discrimination and Latino Psychological Distress: The Moderating Role of Ethnic Identity Exploration and Commitment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 498-506.

Torres, L., Driscoll, M., & Burrow, A. (2010).  Microaggressions and Psychological Functioning Among High Achieving African-Americans: A Mixed-Methods Approach. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 29, 1075-1100.

Torres, L., & Ong, A.D. (2010). A Daily Diary Investigation of Latino Ethnic Identity, Discrimination, and Depression. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(4), 561-568.

Torres, L. (2010).  Predicting levels of Latino depression: Acculturation, acculturative stress, and coping.  Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(2), 256-263.

Torres, L. (2009).  Latino Definitions of Success: A Cultural Model of Intercultural Competence. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 31, 576-593.

Torres, L., & Rollock, D. (2009). Psychological Impact of Negotiating Two Cultures: Latino Coping and Self-esteem. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 37 (4), 219-228.

Torres, L. (2009).  Attributions to discrimination and depression among Latinos: The mediating role of competence.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79, 118-124.

Torres, L., & Rollock, D.R. (2007).  Intercultural Competence as a Moderator Between Acculturation and Depression Among Hispanics. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 10-17.

Torres, L., & Rollock, D.R. (2004). Acculturative Distress Among Hispanics: The Role of Acculturation, Coping and Intercultural Competence. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 32, 155-167


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